A graduate from Georgia was left paralyzed, after her routine appointment with a chiropractor.
It all started on June 16, when Caitlin Jensen visited a chiropractor…
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It was for an “adjustment to her neck,” PEOPLE reports.
But it’s the events that occurred the following days that made Caitlin’s parents worried.
A GoFundMe page was set up to finance Caitlin’s “medical expenses” after the 28-year-old became ill.
And was hospitalized soon after.
Caitlin’s mother, Darlene Jensen, blamed her daughter’s stroke “as a direct result of the neck manipulation.”
And doctors have certainly agreed.
Tests revealed the youngster had 4 dissected arteries in her neck.
“This damage led to cardiac arrest and a stroke, as well as a loss of pulse for over ten minutes after which she was revived. Once the doctors were able to stabilize Caitlin, she was rushed to surgery. Doctors were able to repair some tears and placed a stent in one artery,” the GoFundMe statement reads.
Caitlin’s mother clarified what the doctors said as well…
“The surgeon that saved her life, and every other doctor that has looked at her, have all agreed that this happened as a direct result of the neck manipulation,” Darelene told the media outlet.
It has been reported that the family will now take legal counsel on Caitlin’s behalf.
And that’s not all…
The name of the chiropractor that Caitlin visited on June 16 was not immediately clear…
And doctors also refused to make a comment on Caitlin’s shocking paralysis.
But one month later…
Caitlin remains in the neurological ICU at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, in a “critical condition.”
She’s unconscious and…
Only responds to “verbal commands by blinking her eyes and wiggling toes on her left feet,” according to the GoFundMe page.
The Chemistry and Biology graduate also suffered a “traumatic brain injury.”
And she still remains in hospital.
With the rest of her body in a state of paralysis due to the injury.
Caitlin’s brother, Caleb, spoke about the last day he spoke to his sister.
“You’re talking to her and then 30 minutes later, she’s in the hospital and now in the ICU,” he said.
Caleb said that his sister is “able to open her eyes every now and then and wake up a little bit. And kind of move her hands to squeeze a little. But that’s it.”
Since then a CaringBridge page was created in Caitlin’s name to update followers on her recovery…
Recently, her mom Darlene shared an update and said doctors have “decided her daughter should remain on blood thinners for the time being after her blood levels temporarily dropped over the weekend.”
And now, the doting mother hopes Caitlin’s story “will help others avoid this type of injury.”
We wish Caitlin a speedy recovery!